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The been there, done that map

Written by 4 July 2011 10 Comments

When I was just a small Travelette, my father used to have this giant map of Europe on the wall of his home office. Our hometown had a pin with a ribbon on it. Every few centimeters the ribbon had a knot to symbolize every 100 miles of distance to the pin. This way he could quickly see how long it would take him, as a hobby pilot, to fly anywhere in Europe. I used to spend hours with that map, because I had so much fun calculating the miles and hours, how much fuel a certain trip would require and so on. Maybe this is one of the reasons why I am such a sucker for maps and why I am so in love with the following project.

Through one of my favourite travel tumblrs “Fuck Yeah Cartography” I came across this map by Erika Kochanski. What Erika did, was to buy a giant vintage world map for her dad’s birthday. To visualize where everyone in her family has already travelled to, she pinned silver needles into the map and added a coloured glass pearl for each member of the family. That way, you could see where the family has travelled together and as individuals and also how many places on earth already have been encountered alltogether.

Actually I’d really love to have such a map in our Travelettes office. I want to be red. Just saying.

This post was written by Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk, who has a funny name even for Germans; she is a wicked go-getter and creative freelance designer, photographer and blogger.

She has an eye for beauty and even finds it in ugly apartment blogs. Her weekly photo chronicle “My week in pictures” has already become a classic among urban Berliners. Find out more at smaracuja.de.


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  • kathrine said:

    love the idea:) can i be yellow? (that’s the color in turn in my failed attempts to get tanned..)

  • ina said:

    Such a nice idea!
    I want to be turquoise :)

  • lorna said:

    great idea – can I be green please ;-) (and no that’s not the colour I turn when I tan … or fail too)

  • katja (author) said:

    so i get the leftovers? :)

    what’s on offer – mustard? coral? neon blue?

  • katja (author) said:

    looking at the comments, it’s obvious that the travelettes smile a lot :)

  • Erika Kochanski said:

    Hi guys! Honoured you loved this idea so much! Also would just like to say I am red also in my family, haha. Hopefully many more of my red beads will be added to this board over my year here in Europe. xoxo

  • Yvonne said:

    then I want to be purple!!! :) :) :)

  • Jules said:

    Yay go Erika :D I’ve always absolutely loved this!

  • Erika Kochanski said:

    Hi guys. It’s been a while. I came across this page again while searching for my name (I’m in the process of publishing my first book and I am making up my author’s website and blog).

    I noticed this was still linked to my deviantart site, which nolonger exists as I deactivated it. Would it be possible to change the link over to erikakochanski.com (if it’s not too much trouble)?

    Thanks so much. Love reading what you guys put up.


  • Kathi said:

    sure thing! We just changed it :)

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